This area is adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness and shares many of the same characteristics due to its close proximity. This position requires the willingness and ability to travel by foot and work alone in remote, extremely rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. There will be daily contact and interaction with visitors of all types and the need to educate and answer questions of the public. The incumbent will be required to work weekends. There will be extended periods of time camping alone (up to ﬁve days in a given week) in the backcountry. However, when noty camping for work, the incumbent will be responsible for their own off-site housing. The ability to use a map and compass (or GPS unit) and strong backpacking skills are essential. Speciﬁc duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Provide information and education to users relating to the proper use and protection of the natural resource;
- Promote Leave-No-Trace practices;
- Provide assistance and advice to users regarding trails and other facilities;
- Inspect trails and other facilities to determine condition and maintenance requirements;
- Perform routine maintenance on trails and other facilities using hand tools (e.g. bow saw, loppers, etc.) including blowdown removal, trail side cutting, and the removal of debris and garbage;
- Take inventory measurements, both quantitative and qualitative, of speciﬁc trail and camping area conditions, and patterns of use, to assist the Department in its resource management programs;
- Collect information on user group size, use of speciﬁc trails, and use of camping areas;
- Assist with other SCA and volunteer trail maintenance projects;
- Participate in search and rescue activities as needed;
- Under the direction of a Forest Ranger, assist in back country emergencies, including search, rescue, injuries, and evacuations;
- Provide radio communication for emergency operations;
- Maintain records including a handwritten daily journal, prepare and submit reports relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, and special reports as needed;
- Participate in training as required; and
- Other duties as assigned connected to the conservation project.
- Must be 18 years of age or older;
- Must have Associates Degree or 60 college credit hours in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, environmental studies, or a related ﬁeld preferred or 6 months experience in environmental conservation work in a park or recreation setting;
- Must have a valid driver’s license;
- Must be physically capable of performing ﬁeld work common to the assigned work area over extremely rough terrain and during inclement weather; and
- Have strong backpacking and wilderness camping skills
- Must be certiﬁed in CPR and as Wilderness Advanced First Aid.
- Have taken an outdoor education course or have outdoor education experience;
Conviction of a felony may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
The Dix Mtn, Giant Mtn, and Hurricane Mtn Wilderness Areas are located adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness. They are located in the eastern region of the Adirondack Park in northern New York. These wilderness areas encompasses approximately 90,000 acres of Forest Preserve land. The topography consists of several “high peaks” – mountains above 4,000 ft above sea level. The terrain is steep and demanding. There is a well developed trail network of marked trails and numerous miles of unmarked paths in thess wilderness areas.
Orientation training, back country trail work, campsite and facility monitoring, Leave No Trace